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Cities struggle for security in light of terrorist attacks

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Cities struggle for security in light of terrorist attacks

Cities across Europe are reeling from deadly terrorist attacks. While they're relatively new in Europe, terror attacks have long been a reality in cities in Asia or Africa. How can cities be made safer?

Burglaries, traffic accidents, shootings — the Swedish capital Stockholm gets its share of crime and violence. Only recently did the police commissioner publicly call for help, saying the police were struggling to get their job done in several Stockholm neighborhoods dominated by gangs.

Yet up until recently, a majority of Stockholmers considered their city fairly safe.

According to the Better Life Index compiled by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD, people in Sweden feel safer than, for instance, those in Belgium or Spain.

Terrorist attacks prompt new security thinking

This sense of security notwithstanding, the Swedish capital was hit by a terrorist attack earlier this year. A van was used to plough into a busy pedestrian zone filled with Friday afternoon shoppers, killing five people. It was the same method used a few months before, when a terrorist steered a van into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 11. The same method was used again this summer, when fifteen people strolling on the popular Las Ramblas boulevard in the Spanish city of Barcelona, were murdered.

Read more: http://www.dw.com/en/cities-struggle-for-security-in-light-of-terrorist-attacks/a-40471084